DESAM demands Manipur government’s stand over the citizenship bill

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 8, 2019: Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has demanded the Manipur government to declare its stance over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 passed in the Parliament today.

DESAM vice-president, N. Edison in a news conference held at its Sagolband office said the bill is a venomous bill to eradicate the indigenous people of the North Eastern states.

The student body warned that it is ready to launch a movement demanding political autonomy of the North Eastern states by joining hands with various student and civil society organisations if the bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to immigrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Passing the bill has brought dark days for the people of the North East, Edison said.

The student body lauded the supporters of today’s general strike called by NESO. It also showed solidarity to the six strike supporters who were injured at police action in Tripura.

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